Last week Paula Cocozza, writing in The Guardian, asked whether we are entering a touch crisis.

As carers, teachers and even family friends are discouraged from hugging and touching for fear of allegations and legal actions, her article explores how we benefit from the touch of others and why a lack of touch can adversely affect us all. Touch, or more exactly a lack of it, is linked with increasing loneliness, compounded in the digital-age.

We have always recognised that the sense of touch involved in the writing and receiving of a letter holds benefits. In the same way that we have an affinity to a book, by the physical holding of it, the same is experienced in the holding of a letter. It creates a connection between both us and the writer, and with the content.

“We know from the science of what goes on under the skin that when the skin is moved, pressure receptors are stimulated,” says Tiffany Field, founder of the Touch Research Institute at Miami Medical School. "This slows down heart rate, blood pressure and the release of cortisol, which gives people better control over their stress hormones."

To learn more about the power of touch, read Paula's Guardian article here.

For help and guidance on how to write that first letter to a loved one who you feel needs your support, see our blog post First Letter

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